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Working with the School of Management

We’re always looking for new business partners. Discover the ways you can work with our students, help shape their development and benefit from their insight.

We are a leading business school. Our courses regularly rank highly, meaning our graduates are among the best in the UK. All our courses focus on giving students real-world skills and are influenced by the latest research.

We have relationships with over 380 companies from a range of sectors. We work with charities, SMEs and multinational corporations based in the South West, London, across the UK and worldwide.

Making connections is a big part of successful business. We want to be part of your story.

Real business benefits

Working with our students can offer your organisation:

  • access to our brightest students who are eager to deliver high quality work
  • a chance to start building relationships with future graduate recruits
  • international insights from our diverse students
  • a cost-effective way of gaining extra resource for projects
  • access to the latest industry research and how it applies to your business
  • a fresh perspective on issues affecting your company

Taking responsibility

We’re helping to shape the next generation of business professionals. We ensure our students have the right skills, but our courses also teach the importance of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Business isn’t separate from society; we want our graduates to consider their impact on the wider world.

‘I’ve been really impressed with the quality of students that come through. Almost don’t view them as students, view them as consultants of the future.’
Stuart Francis Office leader at AECOM.

Pick the options that work for you

There are many ways you can get involved with our students. Our team will work with you to build a personalised partnership.

Contact us to discuss any of these options and how we can work together.



A six or 12 month work placement is available to undergraduate students on certain courses. These are full-time, professional roles. They are normally paid.

Six month work placements Available to students on:

Involves: Students working full-time in a professional role with real responsibility

Timings: January - July or July - January

Costs: Varies by industry and location.

Average UK annual placement salary (2023/24):

  • London average - £25,766
  • Regional UK average - £21,692

12 month work placements Available to students on:

Involves: Students working full-time in a professional role

Timings: July - July

Costs: Varies by industry and location.

Average UK annual placement salary (2023/24):

  • London average - £25,567
  • Regional UK average - £21,552


Undergraduate or taught postgraduate (MSc and MBA) students work with you on a real piece of consultancy. Projects last from three weeks to 18 months. Academic supervisors support all projects.

You will give students a piece of consultancy work to research and share their findings.


One year projects start: September - March
Short term projects start: June - September


One year projects: £1,000. We can reduce this for charities, start-ups and small businesses
Short term projects: free. We ask you to cover students’ basic expenses

Example topics:

  • How will digital innovations disrupt the future of over the counter healthcare market in the UK?
  • How can we remove the gender pay gap and encourage wider diversity in the workplace?

Postgraduate internships

A three to six month internship for MBA students, who have at least three years’ experience, or MSc students. Internship takes place at the end of their course, creating an opportunity to offer them a permanent role. Three to six month internships

Open to: MBA and MSc

Involves: Students working full-time in a professional role

Timings: September - January/March

Costs: Salaries negotiable

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Other engagement options

We offer a range of other options for you to engage with our students, from mock student interviews to coaching and mentoring.

Company presentation

Open to: All students

Involves: Promoting your business and employment opportunities to students.

Timings: Normally held October - April (but sessions do run throughout the year)

Student mock interviews

Open to: All students

Involves: Helping students improve their interview skills. A good opportunity to identify future recruitment talent.

Timings: Normally held October - November and February - March (but sessions run throughout the year)

Company visits

Open to: All students

Involves: Inviting students to on-site visits to teach them about your business and promote career options.

Timings: Normally take place in October, February and June/July

Coaching and mentoring

Open to: MBA students

Involves: Coaching or mentoring an MBA student


  • Coaching: September - September
  • Mentoring: July - September

Costs: Coaches are paid by the School of Management. Mentors work on a voluntary basis.

Open to: All students

Involves: Sponsoring and awarding prizes to students at graduation

Timings: Graduation typically takes place in December and June

We also offer:

  • student skills training sessions
  • academic module collaboration
  • sponsorship of students
  • sponsorship of MSc Community Challenge project
  • bespoke Executive MBA programmes
  • executive education

Get in touch

If you have any questions about building your own personalised partnership, get in touch.